We-men in science

Just 28% of the world’s researchers are women. For this year’s “Women’s Day” my boss wanted some figures about the participation of women in science in our domain. How many of them were in managing positions? How many of them were project leaders? The answer was 30% and 32% respectively. Is it necessary to have 50/50 everywhere? … More We-men in science

Is GCARD2 addressing smallholders’ real problems?

In one of yesterday’s parallel sessions at the second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2), a crucial issue was raised: land access to smallholder farmers. “We are dealing with smallholders but sometimes even with super-smallholders!” one of the participants said. In the eyes of some participants, the GCARD2 is a very “big” conference. … More Is GCARD2 addressing smallholders’ real problems?

North-South and South-South collective actions: Where is the place of youth?

A group of 5 panelists from Uganda, Brazil, Senegal and Europe presented today, on Day 1 of the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development, their experiences of collaborations between North-South countries and South-South countries (referring to research exchanges between the different hemispheres). But though the examples given were brilliant, the audience left unsatisfied. … More North-South and South-South collective actions: Where is the place of youth?